Host Site & Supervisor Information

UNE student intern Sarah Fleischmann cross country skis outside of the Kennebunk Conservation TrustThank you for considering hosting a student intern from UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences. Becoming a host site is a simple process, and a wonderful commitment that will benefit your organization in many ways.

Our students are competent, focused men and women committed to consistently performing at their best. They are attentive and reliable and bring fresh ideas, strong capabilities, facility with new technologies, discipline-specific expertise and positive attitudes to their internships.

For each credit for which a student intern registers, they complete 40 contact hours with the internship host site. Typical internships vary from 3-12 credits (120-480 contact hours) per semester. For each semester, you are expected to provide the interns with a start date, end date and schedule that allows them to accumulate the hours they need to complete the internship.

You may host an intern during the Spring semester (mid January – mid May), Summer semester (mid May – mid August), or Fall semester (mid September – mid December).

Internships may be part-time, full-time, seasonal, or continuing. Depending on your company or organizational status, paid positions, volunteering and shadowing all qualify as potential internships.

Steps to Hosting a Student Intern

Advertise your internship position with UNE

If you would like to submit an advertisement for an internship position, please download, complete and submit the two-page Internship Position Announcement as a Word document. Feel free to submit the form via fax, scan and email, or postal mail.

Interview and “hire” the intern, and arrange a work schedule

Similar to hiring a new employee, we suggest you screen and interview student candidates who contact you. Be sure to discuss a work schedule that meets both your needs and the student’s.

Read and sign the Internship Approval Packet

Once you and a student agree to work together and have arranged a schedule, the student will complete an Internship Approval Packet. They may request your help with some of the information required on these forms. When complete, the student will ask you to read and sign the packet. Please keep a copy for your records. 

Provide the intern with an orientation

To maximize the student’s learning opportunities, please provide interns with a thorough orientation of your site and an introduction to all of your appropriate personnel. This will help the intern settle in, access resources and engage in their professional field of study from a broad perspective so they can perform their duties to the fullest.

Provide training pertinent to the intern's position

Student interns are often entry-level professionals and typically need training in order to best complete their tasks. As intentional learners, students strive to understand the whole picture, while simultaneously they are curious about the details. A well trained student is an investment in your organization as well as the future of your profession.

Provide supervision and guidance as needed throughout the semester

Once a student has completed the orientation and training, some supervision throughout the semester is warranted. Supervision helps a student follow procedures and protocol, gives them access to questions as they arise and resources as needed, and provides regular feedback so they can continue to learn and thrive. Please make arrangements to provide regular supervision of your student intern. You should strive to communicate regularly, make suggestions, correct mistakes and further train and develop your intern.

Complete and submit the supervisor evaluation form

Near to the end of the internship, you will be asked to complete a short Supervisor Evaluation of the student’s performance. This evaluation may be shared with the student as part of their academic learning then submitted to the CAS Internship Office. It will be used by the University in partial determination of the student's grade.